|Don't under estimate the importance of the correct amount of light in the area that you are decorating. You can purchase light bulbs that have several degrees of light. Some might be brighter and some have different tints. Decide what end result you are wanting. Most country decorating styles have muted lighting. Your kitchen might need directional lighting to cast the light on your working space and not directly into your eyes.
The new energy efficient light bulbs are really the best investment. The task of changing hard to get to bulbs is not necessary near as often.